Ratna Sambhava Buddha
Chodpau, ritual crown. Five panels of leather painted with representations of Buddhas. This five-peaked crown is worn by lamas during ceremonies as the Yamataka (Conqueror of Death), a ceremony which exorcised the human emotions of anger, avarice, lust, and envy. This particular crown is painted with a representation of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, a theme common to esoteric Buddhism. Left to right are Ratna Sambhava, south, horse, holy jewel; Vairocana, center, lion, wheel; Akshoby, east, elephant, thunderbolt; Amitabha, west, peacock, lotus; and Amoghasiddha, north Kinnara (man-bird), double thunderbolt. Each with their associated symbols, some of which have been lost elsewhere. Very old and very rare, but in bad condition.
Gift of Schuyler V. R. Cammann, 1949
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
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